Plastic â€œstewâ€ thatâ€™s twice the size of Texas is swirling through the Pacific Ocean. Scientists have dubbed the mass of plastic bags, jugs, bottles, nets and other plastic junk the â€œEastern Garbage Patch,â€ and its volume is growing at an alarming pace.
The plastic pollution is now inevitably entering the food chain, with the most obvious casualties seabirds and other marine animals who ingest the various junk bottle caps, cigarette lighters and more, or become entangled or strangled by plastic bands and bags. The plastic causes more than 1 million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals, and even more fish to die in the North Pacific alone every year.
Disturbing as those statistics may sound, the following finding is even more chilling: When the researchers tested the ocean water, they found that it contained miniscule pieces of plastic, and, by weight, actually contained six times as much plastic as plankton.
Of course, itâ€™s not just marine animals that are subject to this plastic burden. People, too, are ingesting plastics every day, and being exposed to a potentially deadly mix of plastic chemicals and additives, including:
PBDEs, which cause reproductive problems
The reproductive toxins, phthalates
BPA, which disrupts the endocrine system by mimicking the female hormone estrogen
What is the result of mankind breathing, eating, drinking and absorbing all of this plastic? Obesity, declining fertility rates and other reproductive problems, cancer and more.
If youâ€™re still looking for a reason to adopt a more natural, healthy lifestyle, this one is as good as any. Avoid these dangerous plastic chemicals in your life as much as possible by:
Storing your food in glass, not plastic
Avoiding processed foods (which are stored in bags with chemicals)
Giving up on plastic shopping bags
Not drinking bottled water
Click to read Best Life Magazine February 20, 2007
Yes, it is a fact that every conscious person should always accept and admire technological advancement and the benefits we are getting out of it.The development and introduction of plastic goods in our day to day life has become very convenient , but we should not forget that today’s little convenience should never kill our tomorrow’s existence.